Grateful Dead Live at Alumni Stadium, U. Mass. on 1979-05-12
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
NAK CM700, Sony 158SD Recorded by Barry Glassberg. A:D conversion by John Steinthal via Mark Cohen, encoded by Matt Vernon
- NAK CM700, Sony 158SD
- Amherst, MA
- Audience Recording
- Taped by
- Barry Glassberg
- Transferred by
- John Steinthal
- Alumni Stadium, U. Mass.
Subject: 40 year anniversary
We drove my VW up to UMass . Joined the crowd and rocked to Patti Smith singing “ You Wanna be a Rock n Roll Star
Dead came out with a Jack Straw and the sound was so intense. The kids went crazy. Then the biker road up thru the crowd and the band was playin. We passed the Whiskey round
Slept in the rain after
Memories of a lifetime
Subject: I have this newspaper
Subject: No Idea How I Ended Up Here
Subject: carried out on a stretcher
Subject: Hell's Angel
Subject: It definelty Looked Like Rain....
No forgetting the Hells Angel bikee and the shirtless dude chugging a gallon plastic container of beer.. the crowed roared as he hurled moments after.. Gr8tflBub - Springfield College - 81'
Subject: Not Bob Marley
Subject: I remember the biker...and other stuff
Subject: Bob Marley Was Not The Warmup
Subject: Bob Marley and the Wailers were a WARM-UP band!
Subject: If you were at this show as a UMass student
This recording sounds great, thanks! This was my first show too and we had a blast.
Hope to see you there,
Subject: 1st show
Subject: Umass - those were the days! Dead show - average.
Maybe we ran into each other. I lived in Pierpont. Those were the days!
I have to say, though, after listening to this umass Dead show, it's pretty low key and low energy compared to earlier shows in the '70's. Music Hall 1976! Englishtown 1977! Much much much better shows. But umass sure was fun!
Subject: Wondrous Day
Subject: Oversized Tires from Rhode Island
Subject: My first Dead show
Subject: Ah, UMass Spring Fling ...
Subject: My first show ...
Subject: An interesting time
Subject: from the boston phoenix
Subject: Patty Smith
Subject: my first dead show
we got tickets the next morning (what a relief) and inside the open air stadium. i couldnt believe i was actually going to see them. i remember some guy chugging juice from a plastic bottle & everyone chanting "go go go". then he turned and threw up.
it was a pretty good show, i9 have nothing to add to the comments below. but what a VIBE! outside in the spring air, the rain didnt matter. college kids were different in those days: they actually partied in the 70s, and this was the tail end. the next year everything seems to have changed.
later at the show i ran into my older brother. he was tripping and wearing a plastic bag. after, he took us to a party at the dorms & they had a tape of the show.
sorry if this wasn't interesting to read but it was a very special weekend for me. does it ever get any better than when you're 15 y.o.?
Subject: The Dead at UMASS!!!!
Subject: What a long strange trip that was!
You can find a scan of the flier for the event at
Subject: It Was an Amazing Concert and a Beautiful Day!
Subject: Trippin at the zoo
Subject: Remember the Biker?
Subject: Patti Smith set?
Subject: good audience recording
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